Following up her small-scale, impressive thriller The Invitation, Karyn Kusama has given Nicole Kidman quite a transformative showcase with Destroyer. Following a premiere on the fall festival circuit, Annapurna has now released the first trailer for the dark drama, which follows Kidman as an LAPD detective whose past catches up with her after going undercover. Set for a December release, the film also stars Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Jade Pettyjohn, and Scoot McNairy.
Christopher Schobert said in his review, “Nicole Kidman is relentless in the fascinating, ambitiously pitch-black, often off-putting police drama Destroyer. Karyn Kusama’s follow-up to the slow-burn horror gem The Invitation is a humorless, grim experience, one bursting with graphic violence and sun-soaked sadness. (It’s like season two of True Detective condensed to two hours.) Yet there are moments of great beauty and real power. And, above all else, there is a badge-wielding, pistol-whipping Kidman, unleashed and on fire.”
See the trailer below.
Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.
Destroyer opens on December 25.